There is much of the landscape that surrounds him in his paintings but there is nothing idyllic or pastoral about them. This he eschews. On the whole, the world he presents us with is that of a single isolated figure: a man a woman or a child, either nude or in the simplest of garments. There are no dramas no stories no obvious contact with the everyday, no irony and no preaching but a retreat into a private sanctuary where memories and past associations hold a deeper meaning. As alluded to in the exhibition title these paintings are about remembering an imprint, not as a sight to depict but an absence to fill.
Because the mountain grass
Cannot but keep the form
Where the mountain hare has lain.
(W.B. Yates (1919) ‘Memory’. The Wild Swans at Coole)